ON-Lion Letter

The U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will soon consider the constitutionality of a publicly funded race-based election in Hawaii.  The election seeks to determine leadership in a nativist Hawaiian political entity.  Only one race may vote.  It used a state-maintained voter roll and was funded with $2.5 million in public money.

The election was halted in late November after an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Just before Christmas, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) in Plainfield, Ind., filed an amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court," brief on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) with the Ninth Circuit appeal, arguing that these kinds of elections should be declared unconstitutional.

"In America, who your father or grandfather was cannot give you the right to vote," said J. Christian Adams, president of PILF.  "Ancestral and bloodline voter qualifications are unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has rejected them three separate times."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports PILF and ACRU.

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